2019 Toyota Prius Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
- Capable of returning 50-plus miles per gallon
- Quiet cabin, even with the gas engine engaged
- Easy to see out of and maneuver around town
- Newly available all-wheel drive
- Offset instrument panel is out of driver's direct line of sight
- Must use Toyota's Entune app to make the most of a smartphone connection
- Acceleration can be sluggish
- Driving over broken pavement feels choppier than it should
- Debut of AWD-e model
- Styling refresh simplifies exterior appearance
- New trim level names: L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited
- Previously white interior elements are now black
- Part of the fourth Prius generation introduced for 2016
Overall rating7.4 / 10
More and more hybrid vehicles are coming out every year, yet the Toyota Prius, the granddaddy of them all, remains at the forefront. It provides high fuel economy (more than 50 mpg), a comfortable ride and a versatile cargo area. There's also the argument for peace of mind since Toyota certainly has a long history of making reliable hybrid vehicles.
For 2019, car shoppers have another reason to consider the Prius: available all-wheel drive. The new Prius AWD-e adds an electric motor to drive the rear wheels for better initial traction between 0 and 6 mph and re-engages when front tire slippage is detected at speeds up to 43 mph. If you live in an area that has snowy or icy roads during the winter, the AWD-e could provide extra traction. Fuel economy suffers only slightly with the Prius AWD-e.
But any Prius comes with a trade-off: performance. The Prius is neither quick nor engaging to drive. Additionally, its infotainment system isn't the easiest to use and lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration. We recommend giving the Prius a shot, but newer, more well-rounded competitors such as the Honda Insight make it a somewhat tougher sell.
What's it like to live with?
To learn more about the Toyota Prius of this generation, read about our experiences from living with a 2016 Toyota Prius. After its debut, we went out and bought one, holding onto it for almost four years and racking up more than 30,000 miles. We cover everything from this hybrid's real-world fuel economy to seat comfort and cargo space. Please note that the 2019 Toyota Prius differs from our long-term 2016 model in that the newer model has updated styling and more standard features. It's the same generation, though, so most of our observations still apply.
2019 Toyota Prius models
The 2019 Toyota Prius is a four-door hatchback that seats five passengers. It's available in four trim levels: L Eco, LE, XLE and Limited. A new AWD-e Prius debuts this year and is offered in the LE and XLE trims.
Power for the Prius comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors/generators. Their combined 121 horsepower is sent through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to the front wheels. The AWD-e models add an electric motor for the rear axle.
The L Eco trim is equipped with ultra-low-rolling resistance tires, a lighter hybrid battery, and an inflation kit instead of a spare tire. Those features help contribute to the L Eco's impressive 56 mpg combined rating. The other Prius trims are rated at 52 mpg or 50 mpg (AWD-e).
Standard features for the L Eco include 15-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED running lights and taillights, heated mirrors, keyless entry (driver door only) and ignition, automatic climate control, dual 4.2-inch driver information screens, adaptive cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver's seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
Also standard is a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a front USB port and two rear charge ports and a six-speaker audio system. Standard safety features include automatic high beams, forward collision warning, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking and lane departure warning and intervention.
The LE trim adds a rear window wiper, front seatback pockets, a spare tire, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parallel parking system.
Stepping up to the XLE trim brings 17-inch wheels, automatic wipers, keyless entry for the front passenger door and rear hatch, SofTex simulated leather upholstery and wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a semi-gloss black center console and a wireless charging pad. It also reverts back to the tire inflation kit.
At the top of the Prius range is the Limited trim that adds adaptive headlights, a head-up display, Toyota's Safety Connect emergency communications, a navigation system, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, and a 10-speaker premium JBL audio system with satellite radio.
Some features, including a sunroof, are available on supporting trims as options.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e Hatchback (1.8L inline-4 hybrid | CVT automatic | AWD).
|Overall||7.4 / 10|
The climate control system is effective, and we appreciate the ability to shut off registers when driving solo and set it for reduced power in exchange for more fuel efficiency. The seat heater switches have also been relocated where they are easily accessed.
Noise & vibration7.0
We wish there was more telescoping range in the steering wheel, however, and most of the instrument panel information is not in the driver's line of sight.
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
The Prius, however, comes with a full suite of advanced driving aids standard. Most of them work well, and the adaptive cruise control can bring the Prius to a complete stop. But you shouldn't use it in stop-and-go traffic. It tends to be too conservative on acceleration and too aggressive on braking. The driver behind you won't be a fan of this herky-jerky style.
Audio & navigation7.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Prius models:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Detects cars or pedestrians and warns the driver of potential collisions, then automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not react.
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Alerts the driver if the car drifts out of its lane and can apply steering input to correct course.
- Intelligent Clearance Sonar
- Alerts the driver to the presence of obstacles near the vehicle during low-speed maneuvers.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.7%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2019 Toyota Prius Overview
The Used 2019 Toyota Prius is offered in the following submodels: Prius Hatchback. Available styles include LE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), L Eco 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE AWD-e 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and LE AWD-e 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Pre-owned Toyota Prius models are available with a 1.8 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 121 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Toyota Prius comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2019 Toyota Prius comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Toyota Prius?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Toyota Prius trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Toyota Prius LE is priced between $22,999 and$30,998 with odometer readings between 3109 and108716 miles.
- The Used 2019 Toyota Prius XLE is priced between $27,990 and$32,998 with odometer readings between 5038 and49527 miles.
- The Used 2019 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e is priced between $25,998 and$33,998 with odometer readings between 8196 and78346 miles.
- The Used 2019 Toyota Prius LE AWD-e is priced between $26,499 and$30,998 with odometer readings between 10135 and73670 miles.
- The Used 2019 Toyota Prius L Eco is priced between $25,590 and$27,590 with odometer readings between 15641 and37311 miles.
- The Used 2019 Toyota Prius Limited is priced between $27,590 and$32,998 with odometer readings between 1384 and57100 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Toyota Prius?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.